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Top 3 Pests In Tulsa

I recently had the opportunity to talk with one of the pest management professionals at Bulwark Exterminating Broken Arrow, OK and picked their brains about all things pests. One of the questions I was most looking to get answered was “What are the most frequently called about pests in the Tulsa area?”

Here are the top three most common pests in the Tulsa area:

3. Crickets

 

cricket

It came to a little bit of a shock to me to hear that crickets were one of the most frequently called about pests in Tulsa. To me, crickets just seemed like a tiny nuisance; with their chirping being more a calling of summer. As a kid, I loved staying up past my bedtime, swinging on the porch swing, listening to the crickets. It was a summer right of passage of sorts. After addressing my cricket beliefs with the pest professionals at Bulwark Pest Control, I discovered just how much of a pest crickets really can be.

The truth is that crickets will attack all types of different materials, causing alarming amounts of damage. Often it is synthetic fabrics that are most damaged, although cotton, wool and silk are also attacked as well. Additionally, you never see just one cricket… they come in bunches! They will even enter our homes looking to eat any organic material they can find. On top of that, crickets like the mole cricket tear up the grass in your yard with their burrowing/nesting habits.

One of the most disheartening factors that come into play regarding crickets is that that attract other pests (like brown recluse spiders) that are looking to eat them. Serious cricket infestations require professional Tulsa cricket control.

2. Ants

 

ants

One of the peskiest and annoying pests found in the Tulsa, OK area are ants. Ants come in second on our list of the most frequently called about pests; perhaps because there are so many different types that infuriate homeowners. Carpenter ants, Pharaoh ants, and the dreaded Fire ant are all common ant invaders. Tulsa is also seeing an influx of the crazy ant as well. Depending on the species of ant; ants can damage electrical equipment, destroy your yard with their massive mounds, chew through the wooden structures of your home, and inflict painful stings.

If you are frequently seeing ants crawling throughout your yard, or even entering your property, it’s best to get professional Tulsa ant control before the problem worsens.

1. Brown Recluse Spiders

 

Brown Recluse Spider

It should be no secret that the most frequently called about pests in Tulsa is the Brown Recluse spider. A lot of this attention is garnered from the reputation this spider has. It’s gotten to the point where if anybody even sees a brown spider in their home, they’re calling in because they’re afraid it might be a Brown Recluse. Unfortunately, this reputation is well deserved. Brown Recluse bites are dangerous, and although rare, can be deadly. A bite can even cause necrosis; a symptom in which the skin rots and dies after a bite. People are willing to deal with a few roaches in their home, but when it comes to a Brown Recluse spider, they go running for the nearest phone to get professional Tulsa Brown Recluse control.

For tips on identifying A Brown Recluse Spider, click here.

Tulsa Pest Control

If you are seeing crickets, ants, Brown Recluse spiders, or any other type of pest in or around your home in the Tulsa or Broken Arrow area, get professional pest control!

Bulwark Exterminating
2013 North Willow Avenue
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
(918) 252-3548
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
OK Wildlife Control
Tulsa, OK
(918) 739-4382
oklahomawildlifecontrol.com
 
Orkin
6550 East 40th Street
Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 622-0800
orkin.com
 
 

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March 3, 2014 - 6:29 PM No Comments

Pest Control Tips -Make Life Easy!

Pests like rodents, insects and raccoons, are a common problem faced by every household sooner or later. Although they are an unwanted burden and a bother you need not worry! Some easy yet effective tips mentioned below can help you get rid of these creatures.

There are different tricks to tackle different types of pests. So be sure to read the correct guide for your unique problem.

Insects:

 

Ants infesting house

Ants: To keep ants away make a mixture of sugar and borax, one cup each. Make the mixture in a glass quart jar and punch holes in the lid of the jar. Now sprinkle this mixture in each and every corner of the house, outdoors and indoors. Borax poisons ants and to attract ants to it you need to have sugar in the mixture. Carpenter ants are attracted to damp wood. These can be avoided by making sure that there is no leak in windowsills, the roof or pipes.

Cockroaches: To get rid of cockroaches sprinkle the borax mixture in the bathroom cabinets and also in the kitchen. Don’t sprinkle in areas within the reach of children and pets.

In the event you have wasps, bees, hornet or any other insect use insect spray or even hair spray will do the job.

Fleas: Vacuum rugs thoroughly before spraying the house. After you are done cleaning throw away the dust bags.

Mosquitoes: make sure you keep the bird bath’s water clean. Make it a habit to change it every three days. This will prevent mosquitoes from collecting.

Centipedes: If there are centipedes in your house this mean there are other insects present as well. This is because centipedes prey on other insects so if they are in the house, it is for the other insects.

Termites: Holes in the wood indicate termite presence in the house.

If you live in a multi-unit area individual efforts won’t pay off. These pests can travel from one apartment to the others. An entire building sweep is required. An effective pest control company can be a good choice for to get rid of the pest problem.

Raccoons and Rodents:

 

trapped grey squirrel

  • Mousetrap: Peanut butter and raw bacon are two useful baits. For peanut butter apply it on the trigger of the trap and make sure it has hardened before you set the trap. Tie bacon on the trigger of the trap.
  • Raccoons: mustard oil is a useful repellent for raccoons. Wait for the raccoon to leave and then cover the entry point. Seal all possible openings that they can enter through. Keep poison in holes and cracks of the house. You can also stuff them with some wool, steel or a scouring pad.
  • Use a compound mixture to seal the spaces and holes coupled with fragments of steel wool.

The suggestions made here are a sure thing to get rid of the pest problem. These useful tips help you keep pests and hence your worries away! Try them and you will be amazed at how useful they all are.

The author Ben suggests useful tips to keep your house free from pests. Ben writes for Eclipse Pest Control- Brisbane Pest Control, which is an effective pest control company.

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November 13, 2013 - 3:19 PM Comment (1)

Tipsy Seagulls Drunk On Flying Ants

seagulls drinking

 

Booze for the Birds

 

flying ant

In southeast England, seagulls are acting out. They’re crashing into cars and roaming the streets just like the drunkard. They’ve been aggressive towards people, even sweeping down and stealing food right out of people’s hands. The reason for the unruly seagull behavior is a drunk-like state cause by one of their favorite snacks; flying ants.

The formic acid secreted by flying ants is what causes the seagulls to “get drunk.” The recent increase of buzzed birds comes because of the weather which has boomed the insect population. More insects, means more grub for the seagulls.

“Gulls love flying ants and as they come out of the ground the birds will feast on them early in the morning and late in the evening,” said RSPB spokesman Tony Whitehead.

Reactions to the Gulls

This isn’t just a few drunken seagulls, people. It’s a larger population of seagulls that are reacting to the ant buzz. Rebbeca Nesbit, an entomologist with the Society of Biology told BBC News, “As I started driving up the hill, the seagulls were all over the place, pecking in the road. It reminded me of Alfred Hitchcock’s [film] The Birds because there were so many of them – I’ve never seen it before.”

Rehab Efforts

In the English city of Gloucester the City Council has taken steps to try and rehabilitate the city from the ruckus of these unruly birds. Residents are encouraged to put their trash in “gull-proof” bags to keep the seagulls from growing through it and littering the streets.

Author Bio: has never gotten tipsy from flying ants, and finds the idea of eating any bug truly revolting! When I’m not writing about drunk seagulls for Bulwark Exterminating, I’m jamming out to the boys of One Direction.

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November 6, 2013 - 9:21 PM No Comments

How To Treat Fire Ant Stings

Fire Ants

The Red Imported Fire ant is one of the worst species of ants found in Tulsa, OK. On top of being very aggressive and destructive, these vicious ants also bite and sting. The fire ant’s sting is what makes this pest infamous.

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Fire Ant Stings

If you have ever been stung by an ant, not bitten but stung; the culprit was a fire ant. Fire ants are the only stinging ant found in the United States. When stung by a fire ant, you will know it immediately. You will be in pain. The pain ranges from moderate to severe, depending on your body’s reaction to the fire ant venom. Once stung, the infected site will turn red. The area will eventually turn white and blister.

If you are stung by a fire ant, the reactions will subside after a couple days unless an infection sets in; or have insect allergies.

Common Fire Ant Sting Symptoms

  • Moderate pain
  • Burning sensation
  • Tenderness around sting site
  • Redness
  • White blisters
  • Hives
  • Inflammation
  • Itching 

Severe Fire Ant Sting Symptoms (Allergic Reaction)

  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting 

How To Treat Fire Ant Stings

If you have been stung by a fire ant, it’s important to remain calm. If you panic, your blood pressure will rise and the ant venom will spread further and faster.

If you have known insect allergies (bees), or are experiencing any of the severe fire ant sting symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. If you have been stung numerous times, having stepped on a fire ant mound for example, it’s probably a good idea to seek medical attention as well.

If you’ve been stung by a fire ant, and are not experiencing allergic reactions, you’ll likely be in pain for a few hours. Take an Advil. Clean the infected sting area with a mixture of water and bleach OR ammonia (not both). Water and meat tenderizer also works well. These concoctions will help denature the fire ant’s venom.

The pain from the fire ant sting will subside after a couple hours. The redness, the white blisters, and the itching will take a few days to alleviate.

Preventing Fire Ant Stings

In order to prevent stings from fire ants, you will need to take precautions. If you see one of the fire ant’s distinctive mounds, keep your distance. Point out fire ant mounds to your children—who are frequent sting victims. If one of these ant mounds is disturbed, the colony will spill out of the mound and defend it by attacking the perpetrator; crawling up feet and legs as they sting repeatedly.

One of the best precautions to take when dealing with fire ants is getting professional ant control. Ant control professionals are up-to-date on of the most effective methods to exterminate and control fire ants on your property.

Make the call today, and avoid getting stung by a fire ant!

Fire Ant Control In Tulsa

 

Bulwark Exterminating
2013 North Willow Avenue
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
(918) 252-3548
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

 
OK Wildlife Control
Tulsa, OK
(918) 739-4382
oklahomawildlifecontrol.com
 
Orkin
6550 East 40th Street
Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 622-0800
orkin.com

 

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April 12, 2013 - 5:44 PM No Comments

Dealing With Winter Thaw And Preparing Your Home For Springtime Pests

There’s one more reason why many homeowners hate winter season, aside from the fact that winter can do some significant damage to your house. The strong winds and the amount of ice that winter brings can leave any strong house weaker. There are new cracks in the walls, openings in the roof, and tons of debris to deal with – the perfect welcome mat, really, for springtime pests such as ants, bees, flies, rodents, and a whole lot more.

Dealing with the damages caused by winter and winter thaw is hard and expensive enough. However, you can cut back on the expenses by preparing your home and protecting it against springtime pests. Below are some steps for home preparation.

Look for Damages and Have Them Repaired Immediately

As mentioned earlier, winter thaw can cause some damage to your house. It can knock off roof shingles; cause roofs to collapse, rip open window screens, clog gutters with debris, etc. If you don’t have them repaired, it’ll leave your home very vulnerable to pest infestation come the spring time. Pests could easily gain access into your home though the cracks in the walls, holes in the roof, or rips on the window screens. The clogged gutters serve not only as a breeding place but also as a source of food.

Don’t give them any opportunity to invade your home, so look for damages after the winter thaw and have them repaired immediately. Replace missing shingles and damaged screens, repair damaged roof, and clean the gutters. Check the attic, crawlspace, and basement as well. Seal up any cracks and holes, and make sure that these places stay well-ventilated as well as dry. It’s also important that you replace damaged weather-stripping.

Give Your Garden a Cleaning

It’s also important that you give your garden a good cleaning. Winter thaw can leave behind tons of debris and mud, which increase the risk for accidents. You could easily slip on the slippery ground, causing injuries such as fracture, sprains, laceration, and bruises. In addition to increased accident risk, there are also the garden pests to contend with.

You can prevent both from happening by giving your garden a thorough cleaning. Remove debris and dispose of them properly. As for spring cleaning your garden, you need to wait until the soil’s dry enough that you can’t properly form a ball of soil when you roll them between your hands. Don’t wait too long though before starting to cut the plants back. You don’t want old growth mixing up with new growth. This’ll double your efforts of cleaning the garden.

It’s also important to prune back the bushes and tree branches. See to it that they’re not in contact with any part of your house, particularly the roof and windows, as this can give pests easier access into your house. They can easily use the bushes and the tree branches as a sort of “bridge” and gain entrance into your home.

These steps can help keep pests away after winter thaw. However, if these are not enough and you suspect that pests have already found their way into your home, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with a pest professional. They can give your property a thorough inspection and treat your home for any pest infestation.

 Guest Post:

Jennifer Dallman writes for an Albuquerque pest control company. As a freelance content provider who specializes in pest and pest control, she hopes to teach readers how to protect their homes against pests after the winter thaw.

License: Creative Commons image source

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February 8, 2013 - 4:27 PM No Comments

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